Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta hails from Sivasagar district of Assam Credit: Facebook

Guwahati: Special Director General of Police (Border), Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, has been appointed as the new Director General of Police (in-charge) as the present Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia will retire from service on Saturday.

“In the interest of public interest, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, IPS (RR-1988), Spl. Director General of Police, Assam is allowed to look after the current duties of Director General of Assam in addition to existing duties till posting of a regular substitute vice Shri Kuladhar Saikia, IPS who will retire from service on 30-11-2019,” a government notification issued by Kumar Sanjay Krishna, additional chief secretary to government of Assam (home and political department), on Friday said.

According to reports, apart from Mahanta, the state government also recommended names of senior IPS officers like Mukesh Agarwall and AK Cashyap to the UPSC to fill in the post of Director General of Assam Police.

The current Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia, who was set to retire on August 30, is on a three-month extension. Although another senior IPS officer Tapan Deka was earlier considered as a front runner, sources said there is some ‘technical’ issue that stands between him and the top post.

Mahanta, who hails from Sivasagar district of the state, has been honoured with President’s Gold Medal, chief of the Army Staff Gold Medal, Chief Minister’s Medal for Outstanding Service in 2008 and other gallantry awards.

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